Common injuries in electric scooter accidents
Scooter riders are largely unprotected from the environment around them. When they are hit by cars, they may absorb the physical forces with their bodies. Scooter riders may also be injured when they fall from scooters, and pedestrians may be injured when they are struck by them. Common injuries that may occur in scooter accidents include the following injuries:
- Facial injuries
- Head injuries
- Fractured wrists and arms
- Collarbone fractures
- Sprains and strains
When other parties are liable
Electric scooter riders may be liable in accidents when they disobey the traffic laws and ride on sidewalks. In addition to the riders, other parties may also be at fault in some scooter accidents. Some potentially liable parties include motor vehicle drivers, parts manufacturers, entities that are responsible for maintaining the roads, the city, and those who are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the scooters. In the case of Lime and Bird, it is possible that the companies may be liable in the event of a serious scooter accident.
Medical bills following electric scooter accidents
Scooter accidents may result in serious injuries that may result in large medical bills. People may have medical bills from the treatment that they receive in the emergency departments and in their admissions to the hospital. They may have to go through physical therapy and rehabilitation or have surgeries performed. People who suffer severe head injuries in scooter accidents may be permanently disabled and require ongoing care 24 hours per day for indefinite periods of time. The medical treatment and care needs that people who are injured in scooter accidents might have may result in staggering medical costs.
Why you should talk to an attorney
The widespread use of scooters in San Jose is a relatively new phenomenon and may involve novel questions of liability. Getting help from an experienced personal injury lawyer who knows the laws of the state and the city’s ordinances is important. A lawyer may be able to use his or her legal knowledge to help to prove the liability of all of the parties who contributed to the accident and resulting injuries. This may make it likelier that you will prevail in your claim.
When you should contact a San Jose electric scooter accident lawyer
You should contact an experienced lawyer in San Jose if you have been injured in an accident that was the fault of another party or entity. There is a two-year statute of limitations in California for personal injury claims. This means that you must file your claim within two years of your accident. The best approach is to get help as soon after your accident as you can. Evidence and witnesses can be lost as time passes, so getting help early is important.
Scooter accidents have the potential to permanently alter your life. If you have been injured in an accident while you were riding a scooter, or if you were struck by a scooter rider while you were walking, you should schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.